Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday roundup readers! We have a few new articles to enjoy this weekend. Our first article is about a new app that gives dental discounts based on your daily hygiene. Next up, we have an interesting read on diagnosing diabetes at the dentist. Our final article is about a UNLV dentist who teaches classes on communication and business instead of the traditional clinical classes. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Your Toothbrush Data Will Get You a Deal at the Dentist (Depending)
A new mobile-app, synched with Beam Brush, is connecting product users to a U.S.-wide network of dentists. The app will award dental-care discounts based on points patients generate by using their Beam Brushes in conjunction with a new membership program. Program users will pay $99 for a year’s worth of discounts for any family member who is part of the Careington network, which includes around 95,000 dentists in 47 states. If you are a part of this network, your patients can receive up to 60% off a cleaning or 40% off a root canal! Continue reading

Too Big? Too Small? How to Place an Implant Just Right. (Video)

Do you know what a “Goldilocks” implant is? Even if you’ve never heard the term, you’re familiar with the concept—when placing an implant, we don’t want it to be too big or too small but just right. But how do we find that perfect fit? There’s a lot to take into consideration:

  • Bone volume
  • Mesial-distal space
  • Apical-coronal space
  • Occlusal space
  • Anatomic limitations

I use my CS 3D Imaging software to generate precise measurements from CBCT scans captured with my CS 9000 3D extraoral imaging system or CS 9300 but there are also some key numbers I keep in mind when planning the perfect implant…

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Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back to our Friday Dental News Roundup! This week is all about feel good stories in celebration of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. To start us off, we have a heartfelt article on a 60-year-old mother of three who completed her quest to be a dentist this year. Our second story is about a Detroit man who has dedicated his life to helping others and is finally getting the good deed returned by a local dentist who is fixing his smile pro-bono. Finally, our last article is a special story about treating a patient with dignity, regardless of their past. Enjoy your holiday weekend and we look forward to having more great dental stories for you next week!

Harley-riding mom of three finishes quest to be a dentist
Kathleen Mattison, a 60-year-old mother of three, received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota on May 15. University of Minnesota officials say that Mattison is the oldest person to receive a doctorate of dental surgery in modern memory. Continue reading

Misconceptions about the Switch to Digital Radiography (Chart)

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” How many of us have used that line when we’re asked to change the way we do things? Especially when you’re already overwhelmed with treating patients as well as:

  • Managing practice operational costs – Everything from keeping payroll costs in line to controlling sundries and supply costs. (proper disposal of chemicals not related to costs)
  • Building a larger and better referring patient base – Making sure you’re attracting new quality patients and offering a service level and quality of care that distinguishes you from the competition.
  • Managing risks – ensuring that the proper documentation has been completed, complying with patient privacy legislation, and putting systems in place that help to avoid mistakes by any team member.

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Friday Dental News Roundup

Hello roundup readers, we are happy to welcome you back! This week we have three great articles for your reading pleasure. The first article takes an in-depth look into the life of the famous dentist Painless Parker. Next up, we have an interesting article on the future of tipping in dental practices. Our third and final article is about a recent study on children with autism spectrum disorder and how dentists can adapt their environment the child.

Painless Parker: Part dentist, part showman, all American
Take an in-depth look at the life of one of America’s most famous dentists, Painless Parker. Parker was a pioneer of modern dentistry mixed with showmanship and medical knowledge. Continue reading

How to Find the Mandibular Nerve Using CBCT Software (Video)

When you’re about to drill into the posterior mandible, it’s critical to know exactly where the artery, nerve and mental foramen are located. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important that implantologists utilize software to simplify identifying anatomy before implant surgery. In this how-to video, I walk you through how to evaluate the mental foramen and the inferior alveolar nerve based on on a lower right focused field scan from my CS 9000 3D extraoral imaging system.

More and more, doctors are working backwards from the restoration to the implant. Having an accurate map of the nerve position and placing an implant digitally before a patient is even in the chair prevents errors and improves surgical outcomes. Evaluation software can give you peace of mind and confidence when actually placing the implant.

What’s your strategy for identifying anatomical limitations before placing an implant? Are you using CBCT scans in your practice?

Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday roundup readers, we are happy to have you back! We have three great articles for your reading pleasure to help you kickoff your weekend. First, we have a quick read about a NYC dentist who is making house calls for elderly patients. Next up, we have an interesting article on how cosmetic dentistry has changed over the years. Our final article has advice for new dentists that they may not have learned in dental school. Take a second out of your busy day to read these articles and let us know your thoughts. Until next time, stay informed and better your practice.

NYC Dentist Brings Office To Homes Of The Elderly
Alisa Kauffman, a New York City dentist, brings the dentist office to the elderly who have difficulty leaving their homes. Kauffman can take x-rays, make dentures and fill cavities in patients’ homes, although most of her visits are emergency based. Continue reading

The Many Uses for Digital Scanners in the Field of OMS

I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz around intraoral scanners from general dentists and orthodontists— computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD/CAM, technology is changing dentistry—but how does this cutting-edge technology relate to your practice as an oral surgeon? Let me share with you a few of the ways that I have integrated digital scanning into my practice.

First, a little background: intraoral scanners take the place of conventional or analog impressions. Instead of trays, alginate or polyvinyl and pouring molds, the scanner captures digital images of a patient’s teeth, which are available almost instantly on a computer screen. These image files are then shared with a lab to create models. Also, digital scanners are small and lightweight and the more sophisticated scanners can be simply unplugged from a laptop and taken from operatory to operatory. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday to all of our loyal roundup readers! This week, our blog is all about new trends in dentistry. Ranging from veterinary dentistry to women rising in the ranks to the overall demographics of the industry, we have some very interesting articles for you on this first day of May. Read on and let us know what you think. We love to hear from our readers!

The Lion Dentist
Meet Peter Emily, a pioneer in the field of wild-animal dentistry. Emily has treated a variety of animals including polar bears, Siegfreid and Roy’s tigers and a black-footed ferret whom he fitted with a gold tooth. This article explores Emily’s vigorous journey from human dental school to big animal dentistry and explores the rising popularity of human dentists infiltrating the veterinary dental field. Let us know what you think and give us a shout, or roar, whichever you prefer! Continue reading